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  1. Freeze 'em. They will come in handy in a month or so some night when I don't have time to cook because I need to get my workout in.
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    AP and WPA

    If you join WW online and use the online tracker, it's the same as what Kimberly described. You can choose to have the program use either one first. It's just a setting in the program. I too use my AP and try to stay away from WPA (bet I'm glad they are there.)
  3. Okay. It's on my shopping list.
  4. Trudie - Congratulations on your HM. You give me something to aspire to. I'm glad it was a good experience for you. SuperBowl - Congrats on finishing the program. If you want to do a 5K and want to avoid the crowd, find a race that uses chips for timing. My running buddy literally panics in crowds. We get the chips and hang in the back. We let the crowd fan out ahead of us and our chip time doesn't start until we cross the start line. We don't care too much about our time, but it's still nice to know. Susan - Good to see you were able to get a run in even though you had a sick one to tend to. Good for you. Phobos - I broke my hip/femur when I was eleven. I've had two surgeries on it to get me walking right. Because of that, I was a very inactive child. Encouragement from DH helped me to be a more active adult, but even he had his doubts about me running. I did it with my doctor's input all the way. The one time I had a problem, I saw her and she told me to take two weeks off and go back slow. It worked. If you still have the desire, here's another vote for be smart about it and go slow.
  5. I wanted to jump in and congratulate you all for your successes. It's nice to see others enjoying the program. I had and still have DOMS, but it's important to note that as you continue running, you are able to handle longer and longer distances without the issue. When I did C25K, I had it all the time. Now I only feel it when I do my long runs (5-6 miles) once a week. It's a process, but you will get there as your muscles become accustomed to the longer distances.
  6. Susan - Good for you joining in with your family. Keep telling yourself it's doable. I'm going to tell you a secret that's going to help you . . . you are a runner. You just said you are doing a running program. How can you not be a runner? Maybe you didn't use to be a runner. You can use that as your mantra to help with the rough patches. "I am a runner. I am a runner. I am a runner." Keep it up. SuperBowl - Look at you forging ahead without any hangups. I'm an outside runner too and I started in April. I whined about getting rained on some mornings. I'm not sure if I'd have made it if I started in the winter. Thanks for sharing your success here. If you keep up your pace, you'll be a competitive runner if you decide to do races.
  7. Good list. I was surprised I didn't see avacados. I have made myself switch to all natural peanut butter. That was an acquired taste for me. I also just learned about the farm-raised salmon issues and made that switch recently. Sounds like I have to work on kale and sardines.
  8. Hey SuperBowl - Congratulations on keeping up with the program. I don't know if there is such a thing as too slow or too fast really. The way I understand the program, you will be able (ideally) to run 5K in 30 minutes when you finish. So you have to be running a little better than a 10 minute mile to do that. Sounds like you are ahead of that. If you are keeping up, I don't know why it would be too fast. When I was having trouble completing the 5K without walking, DS told me to time how fast each mile was. My first mile was a much faster mile than my second. And my third was even slower than my second. He suggested I slow down my first mile and it would help me with the longevity issue I was having. It helped me. If you are keeping up and feeling strong after each run, I wouldn't worry about it. If you run into trouble with the program or keeping up with the increases at some point, then you could try to adjust it. Keep it up.
  9. Congratulations. Well done!
  10. Hi, Liz. I struggled with a sinus/head cold thing last week and didn't do very well either. I'm ready to get back at it. Went to Curves last night. It felt good.
  11. I had the same popcorn shocker when I switched to P+. When I feel really munchie in the evening, popcorn can fix that for me in a way celery and carrot sticks just can't seem to measure up. My "old plan" 2 point snack went up to 7 points on P+. I just remind myself that I have 9 "extra" points a day now. I can still have it; I just have to plan for it.
  12. Trudie - Love your story. Thank you for sharing. So if I can build up to a half marathon, I get to go to Disney? Hmmmm . . . SuperBowl - I started C25K in April 2010. I ran outside so never paid attention to distance. It was all just the timed walk/runs. When I "finished," I could jog the 30 minutes, but it was not a 5K. I pouted for a day and then got in my car and drove around until I had laid out a 5K route close to my house. I started running it. I finally jogged every step after about three weeks. I did my first 5K race on Labor Day weekend in my home town with jaws dropping all around me. I wasn't happy with my time so jumped into another one the next weekend. On my way home I decided I needed to do a 10K. I got online and found a 12 week program to go from 5K to 10K. I picked a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day and finished in 1:06:28. Not great, but I wasn't last either. My next goal is to run around Mackinac Island. My family has ridden bikes around it several times. I remember being on a tandem bike with DH one year and seeing runners. I remember being impressed by them. I have to do it. It's 8 miles. It's not a race. It's for me. I was thinking May would be good so I would keep running this winter. I try to run three times a week but the Michigan winter has not always allowed it. My schedule is Tuesday/Thursday at least 3 miles and more if I have time and feel good. On the weekend I schedule a run with a buddy and we usually do 5 to 6 miles. My plan is to start in March to increase my distances to get ready for Mackinac. I'm just trying to maintain now.
  13. Quix - Well done! Love hearing success stories. Keep it up.
  14. Wow, SuperBowl. Good for you. I'm wondering what I would have done. I know one thing, though, if I did eat something like that - even a third of something like that - my body would have craved sugar for the next four days. That's the killer for me. Even if I plan a sweet treat and have the points, I regret it because I struggle for days after. One Dove's mini every now and then and I'm fine, more than that and I'm sitting at my desk all day long thinking about . . . well, let's not go there. This is an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing.
  15. SuperBowl - I missed your post by a minute. Nevermind my post. Instead of that - CONGRATULATIONS on getting it done. Good for you.
  16. SuperBowl - Congratulations for sticking with the program so consistently. I remember feeling that way everytime I looked at the upcoming week. You might be surprised at how well you are able to handle it, especially if you got in all three days in week three and spread them out. If you are struggling to the point of feeling like it's just not do-able - I'd suggest repeating week three and then trying again. But before you go there, I'd get your mantra in place and go for it.
  17. Welcome back Mandie. Sounds like you have a solid plan and good outlook. The new Points+ values are starting to show up more and more. I don't think they are being updated on this site, but lots of sites are updating. I read that WW is working on new packaging to update them too. I've been putting recipes I use a lot into the recipe builder as I have time. Slowly but surely we will get there. This is my favorite recipe site: www.skinnytaste.com. She is updating all of her recipes.
  18. Congratulations, Wizzy! That's so encouraging to hear. I'm happy for you. I like the new program too.
  19. Amy - I talked to the teenage techno geek at my house and he said you just need to open the podcast in MP3 format. He said the link to open in iTunes is there because iPods are so popular, and it saves iPod users a step. If you open it in MP3 format, then you can use it in Windows Media Player. That BTW is what he used to get them on my Zune. I'm going to have to learn all this stuff before they move out. It sounds to me like the pace you are using is probably a good one. You said you could feel it in your legs, but you were able to continue. I think that's the perfect balance. If you make it so "intense" that you are unable to continue, you haven't done yourself any good. If it feels right for you, go with it. You will know when it's time to bump it up a notch. I'm so excited for you. I'm impressed that you are doing this with four little ones.
  20. Hi Amy. I'm a big C25K advocate. I used Robert Ullery and I have an MP3 player by Microsoft, not an iPod. It's called a Zune. My kids put the podcasts on it for me. I can get specific instructions for you tonight if you need it, but I know they used this site http://www.runsource.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=347. I started with the Nicole Blum site, but the music was not to my liking. Grannykarla suggested the Robert Ullery ones and the kids switched me over. I repeated weeks 6, 8 and 9. When people ask me about it, I tell them it's a nine-week program for some people. For me it was a 12-week program.
  21. Becca - I'm sorry to hear about your injury. I just went through the reverse. I pulled my biceps tendon. I had been working really hard to develop upper body strength (probably a little too hard, hence the injury.) You can't rush it. You must let it heal. And when you go back, you must go slow. SuperBowl gave some good ideas. I hope something works for you. Focus on what you can work on to keep yourself in the routine of exercising. I've been reading a lot about yoga. It does strengthen your core. It would help prevent future injuries. Maybe the next 6 to 8 weeks is a good time to try it.
  22. Hi Karen - Thanks for the great suggestions. I'm going to try #7 for sure. I stock up on the Kashi Pumpkin bars every fall. DD and I both love them.
  23. There is an online store where she can buy the pocket guide too if that's what she wants. (But I do what Barb described.)
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